Capa (3325) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Black with a deep beige head. Chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits in the aroma. Full, thick, syrupy body. Light roasted malts, chocolate, some light berries, light smoke. Pretty solid, actually, but it’s not amazing. Still, I wouldn’t mind having it again. Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2010
Black colored with little beige head. Dark chocolate aroma in aroma, roastiness and mildly bitter hops also here. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more hopped with mild chocolate, roastiness and licorice here too. Aftertaste dries, alcohol covered almost totally. I like this, mix of chocolate and hops. omhper (25256) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2009
Bottled, thanks TimE! Realy black with rich off-white head. There’s tart soy sauce and a bit of chocolate. Spritzy with above medium body. Licorice and soy lingers. Feels a bit bold and disharmonious. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2009
On tap at Beer Circus, Nagoya. Black with a lacing, creamy, light brown head. Good roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Chocolate, a touch of vanilla, some tartness and good roasted flavours. Rich and full-bodied. A very complex chocolate stout. buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - APR 25, 2009
Had this one on tap and from the bottle a few times. Decent stout here with a strong nose of roasted chocolates and some whiskey notes. The taste is a bit one dimensional and didn’t take me places I really needed to go. Sensed a tiny bit of sourness in the flavours of this ale also. Kind of an interesting stout here, but not quite successful.
jonno (2809) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 A decent big stout in real ale form, let down by a lack of a real presence. Defines the paradigm that most japanese breweries work by. Less of everything to (supposedly) suit the japanese taste. Pick it up if you have nothing to else to go for otherwise there are better options available. Sankt Gallen and Baird being but two of these in the IRS stakes. KyotoLefty (10365) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Bottle from Yamaoka.
Creamy aroma of burnt wood, smoke, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and roasted malts. Solid black with a great tan head. Very smooth, powerful flavor, burnt, with coffee more than chocolate, wood and smoke and alcohol. Plus some cream in there too. Very smooth and thick and creamy. Sweetness and burntness balance each other well. Not quite imperial, but tasty as hell.
TimE (5953) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2008
Pitch black color with nice dark brown head. Nose is all about huge bitter dark chocolate with faint hints of espresso. Med-full bodied, but a bit one-dimensional bitter dark chocolate notes in mouth, but some espresso and nuttiness is there as well. Well balanced and the finish has a long bitterness that I love in Imperial Stouts. Not going to win for depth, but very enjoyable. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2008
Deep dark brown/black with a thin tan hat. Creamy dark chocolates nose with traces of toffee, chalky figs, and the slightest touch of cinnamon. Firm mouthfeel with dry coco, bitter bakers chocolate, figs, molasses, and hints of coffee bean. Finishes earthy and herbal with black and roasted malts prevailing.
Fairly understated for the style. Bad? No. Different? Yes.